A message from Michigan Medicine leaders

February 14, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership,

Dear Michigan Medicine faculty, staff and learners,

President Ono’s below message expresses condolences and concern for the MSU community and all those who have been touched by this tragedy. On behalf of Michigan Medicine, we want to say how deeply saddened we are for those who have been impacted and all those in our community who have loved ones at Michigan State. The feelings of anxiety and fear do not easily dissipate after such a horrific incident, and we share in the pain that so many are feeling.

We also wanted to acknowledge the incredible expertise and swift actions of the trauma team and all the caregivers at our partner institution, Sparrow Health System. E.W. Sparrow Hospital is currently caring for five of the students who were injured during the shooting. We know the physical and emotional toll that such a trauma takes on the entire medical community, and we have offered any support that they might need.

Experiencing this tragedy at a sister institution so close to home feels very personal. We need to rally around our sense of compassion and empathy for those impacted and each other. Please see that a vigil is being hosted on the diag tomorrow at 7 p.m. to provide an opportunity to mourn together and support one another. We also want to strongly encourage those in need to seek the support services noted in President Ono’s email. We stand strong with MSU, Sparrow and the entire state of Michigan.


Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, University of Michigan Medical School
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
CEO, Michigan Medicine

David C. Miller, M.D., M.P.H.
President, U-M Health
Executive Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, Medical School

Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Dean for Research, Medical School
Chief Scientific Officer, Michigan Medicine

Debra Weinstein, M.D.
Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, U-M Medical School
Chief Academic Officer, Michigan Medicine

A message from President Santa J. Ono

Dear U-M community,

Our hearts are broken with the Michigan State University family following last night’s horrific shooting. We wish for a speedy recovery of the wounded, and we pray for comfort and grace for the loved ones of those so suddenly lost.

I know many in our community are reeling from this event as you have friends or family who belong to the MSU community. 

I encourage us all to take a moment to show our appreciation and support for one another. Support resources are available on campus for students, faculty and staff.

Our campus will remain open today and you will see an increased safety and security presence from our Division of Public Safety and Security.

Provost Laurie McCauley and I have reached out to our counterparts at MSU, offering any assistance that we might provide them at this time.

Plans are being made for our community to come together for a vigil on the Diag tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Let us do all we can to support one another, and our MSU family, in this hour of tragedy and need.

With heartfelt empathy and support,

President Santa J. Ono

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